&Company Resto Bar http://www.andcompany.ca/ 905.808.2112 Wed-Sat dinner to close
&Company skates the line between distinguished dining and loungy-club. The room is modern but warm; elevated comfort food nods to the Canadian East and West coasts. Wednesdays nights are Latin inspired, complete with dance lessons and exotic music. Elegant servers are friendly and attentive. The menu looks to be influenced by the bottle list.
Red sangria with cherry brandy and red wine ($7.50) is a tad sweet. The Caesar is average though hits the spot. A Lychee mojito made with parrot bay rum, muddled with fresh lime and pineapple ($7.50) is a delight even if it is not your first choice.
Garlic buttered lobster tacos arrive with pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, shredded lettuce, cheddar, sour cream, guacamole and a wonderfully astringent slaw ($13.50). Nova Scotia scallops ($17) blackened with a spicy-sweet Cajun rub sit firmly on a slippery Patron succotash garnished with yucca chips and pine basil salsa. Szechwan lamb spare ribs ($16) are an interesting dish, simply for the fact that I rarely lamb spare ribs on a menu. Lightly gamey, minted with a sweet barbeque sauce that is complemented by Dijon mustard summer roasted potatoes, acidic slaw and crispy onion blooms.
Juicy berries and warm brie croutons make a dynamite salad ($14), swirled with raspberry Chambord, toasted pecans and thinly sliced poached pears. As the evening rolls on more and more people fill the room and restaurant starts to turn into a club.
To finish the night instead of dessert I opt for chipotle ranch &Co sliders ($14) and its the best dish of the meal – salty, unctuous and offering crunchy toppings to balance cheddar stuffed patty and soft spongy bun.
I’d love to see smaller items on the menu like housemade chips, spiced nuts, truffled popcorn, or even a basket of flatbread and flavoured hummus. All in all still a great night.